TU Berlin awards honorary doctorate to WBGU chair Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Berlin, 27 June 2012. The Technische Universität Berlin is today awarding an honorarydoctorate to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chair of the German Advisory Council onGlobal Change (WBGU) and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate ImpactResearch (PIK). The TU Berlin paid tribute to his „outstanding scientific achievementsin the fields of climate impact research and policy counselling“.
The statement issued by the Technische Universität continues: „ProfessorSchellnhuber has inspired entirely new approaches to research, for example on tippingelements of the global climate and its consequences, or on the action-oriented2°C target. With its interdisciplinary research approach, the PIK under ProfessorSchellnhuber has become a pioneer of global sustainability research. With the WBGU(German Advisory Council on Global Change) and other consultative activities, hemanages to make his voice heard by decision-makers like no other. His collaborationwith the TU Berlin includes their joint involvement in the Climate Knowledge and InnovationCommunity of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).“
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has been a member of German Advisory Council on GlobalChange (WBGU) since 1992. He was its deputy chair from 1994 to 1996, its chairfrom 1996 to 2000, and its deputy chair again from 2004 to 2008. He took over theWBGU‘s chair again in 2009.Press Release
The WBGU: serving global change politics
The German Federal Government set up the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)as an independent, scientific advisory body in 1992 in the run-up to the United Nations Conferenceon Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit). The WBGU‘s task is to analyseglobal environmental and development problems and to develop recommendations for action andresearch in the search for solutions to these problems.